Connesson: Pour Sortir au Jour

Conductor: Stéphane Denève
Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
Released: 24 June 2016
Label: Deutsche Grammophon


I. Flammenschrift [9:37]
Pour sortir au jour, concerto for flute and orchestra:

II. Danse processionnelle [3:29]

III. Entrée dans la Douat [8:06]

IV. Danse de la Justification [1:48]

V. La balance des Dieux [5:24]

VI. Danse dans les champs de lalou [5:12]

VII. E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare [10:34]

VIII. Maslenitsa [8:11]

On June 24, Universal Music’s top label Deutsche Grammophon releases Pour Sortir Au Jour, the first CD-recording of Stéphane Denève and ‘his’ orchestra.  He consciously opted for a 21st-century composer: the young Frenchman Guillaume Connesson, who is considered one of todays most talented composers. On his track record: commissions by big orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The concerto for flute Pour sortir au jour (2014) was recorded with the French flautist Mathieu Dufour, principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic. Flammenschrift (2012), E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare (2015) and Maslenitsa (2012) constitute a symphonic trilogy that pays tribute to the culture and music of three different countries: Germany, Italy and Russia.

The music of Guillaume Connesson (°1970) has absorbed all sorts of influences. His very personal world is a work in progress, growing out of the mix of pragmatism and naïveté which is the trademark of all great creators. Over time and along a great diversity of compositions, Connesson’s inspiration follows, in the composer’s own words, “the complex mosaïc of the modern world”.  From pop music, to film music or the great classics, his work is eclectic and yet recognizably French. Contemporary and relevant, colourful and expressive: with all the means at his disposal, he tries to address a wide public by capturing its attention and sharpening its curiosity. Connesson was named Composer of the Year during the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2015 and frequently collaborates with Stéphane Denève.

The CD was recorded at Studio 4 in the famous Flagey building in Brussels, the orchestra’s historic home port. It is the result of conductor Stéphane Denève’s and the orchestra’s brainchild: the Centre for future Orchestral Repertoire or CffOR.  This platform is seeking to collect core information about symphonic compositions since the year 2000, and thus to initiate a broad international dialogue about compositions that will withstand the test of time.

Stéphane Denève: 
“The Brussels Philharmonic will perform works that may become the 21st-century repertoire: we are looking for works that orchestras enjoy playing and the audience enjoys listening to. A pioneering project!”